Maria Ho’s new release: As Time Goes By
Maria is surely one of the most talented singers I have heard in the last few years. This CD is so captivating. I love her voice and style with her incredible sense of melody. Her tender phrasing is nothing short of perfection — intimate and warm, cool and beautiful diction. There is an elegance of orchestration, of melodic build-up that makes this CD majestic and memorable. It’s time to pay the tribute she is due. She is in a class of her own for her honest and involving soulfulness. The believability of her poignant vocals truly stand out from the shadows to enlighten our hearts. In all the songs, she sings like she feels it, and always comes straight to our emotions. It is particularly fascinating to hear her sensibility in this lavish context with her outstanding musical partners, all of them with their own relaxed delivery expressing a boom of strength and discipline. Maria puts her own stamp to every song.
Chosen as one of top five vocalists in “Best Vocalist Of The Month” Competition, SingerUniverse, Los Angeles, March and May 2014.
New Talent Demo Award, 2006 Recipient ~ FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records)
“What a fabulous voice she’s got! She’s a great talent!” – Emmy Award-winner, Michael Leader, President of Leader D-Cinema Systems, Inc.
“You have excellent timbre … a voice suited to jazz.” – Ian McDougall, trombonist, composer, educator, Professor Emeritus – University of Victoria
“To hear her sing is like a breath of fresh air.” – Gary Barclay, radio broadcaster (CHQM, National Public Radio and CBC).
“First of all, let me congratulate you on your great singing! Your voice sounds very full and has a very nice tone and timbre, and your intonation is perfect. I like your interpretation very much.” – George Robert, Director of the Jazz Department at Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland, alto saxophonist, Officer in the Order of Arts and Letter of France.
“It’s difficult to put into words how much I love the music . . . it is flawless. I work as a police officer assigned to a high school. My drive home to our ranch takes awhile since my son and I live in the country. Point being, is I look forward to the end of the day listening to your music during the trip home. Even my 14 year old son listens to it with me. I will order more for my daughters and relatives. Thank you so much.” Sincerely, Rick Dutcher, Douglas, Wyoming
“I first heard your music on Coast to Coast with George Noory. I always listen to your music after work, or on a rainy day to make the sunshine come out and feel warm. I’m looking forward to hearing more great music from you in the future.” – Callen C. Carroll
“As a testimony to the power of live music, when it’s well sung and well played, I’d have to say that listening to Miss Ho’s lovely singing voice and the Jazz instrumentals that accompanied it, I can say that it’s the happiest I’ve genuinely felt in 3 years of living in Vancouver. In fact, I can say that it’s the happiest I felt in the 5 years since my dad died.” – Dracul Van Helsing
“She’s good!” – George Noory, Coast to Coast AM
The new album Smile can be heard regularly in New York, Denver, Australia and Italy.